Israel moves ahead with housing settlement named after Trump

by Bryan Brammer · Jun 16th, 2020 3:36 pm

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced during a cabinet meeting over the weekend that the government has approved plans to build a new housing development in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights named after President Trump.

"Today, we will begin practical steps in establishing the community of Ramat Trump on the Golan Heights, Israel's sovereignty over which was recognized by President Trump," said Netanyahu.

The new community will be named "Ramat Trump," which is Hebrew for "Trump Heights," Settlement Minister Tzipi Hotovely confirmed on Facebook.

Israel seized Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Mideast War and annexed it in 1981. A vast majority of the international community considers Israel's claim on the territory to be illegal under international law.

In March 2019, however, Trump signed an executive order recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the mountainous region.

The plans for the new settlement have been budgeted at $2.3 million and will house 300 families.

Netanyahu's announcement was made official on Trump's 74th birthday. He wished the president a happy birthday and thanked him for his ongoing support.


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